2014: A Tale of Two Possible Midterms
At Hot Air, Allahpundit quips, "NRA: Our meeting with Joe Biden’s task force went exactly as well as you’d expect:"
The irony of all the Democratic rhetoric lately about how they need to move quickly and ram something through before public interest fades is that they’re actually playing a longer game. They know nothing significant will pass the House right now; the real goals of O’s gun-control push are to help Democrats recapture the House in 2014 by making the GOP take a bunch of politically unpopular votes and to weaken the NRA politically so that a future, bluer Congress feels less compunction about voting for more ambitious gun-control measures down the line. (Just yesterday, Rachel Maddow assured Democratic America that the NRA is a paper tiger.)
At Townhall, Kurt Schlichter writes, "GOP, remember Napoleon’s admonition to never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake:"
Let Obama try and force the red state Democrat senators to come out against guns. Let the Democrats tear themselves up while we watch and gobble popcorn.
Heck, we should egg them on – like by trying to force a Senate vote on, say, a provision which reaffirms the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms for the protection of their families and communities and directs that all federal law shall be interpreted toward preserving and protecting that right. Let’s see how all those Democrats paying lip service to the Second Amendment feel about voting on that.
And if some bill finally limps out of the Senate, hopefully without a single GOP vote, Speaker Boehner should mimic Harry Reid’s fiscal cliff antics and just let it die. No debate. No discussion. No vote. Obama’s dream of disarming his opponents, paid for with the careers of several sitting Democrat senators, will die in the hopper.
It will be a thing of beauty.
Remember, this is an existential crisis for our country. Now is not the time to “govern;” it’s the time to defeat Obama and his radical left-wing agenda. No, you can’t say that out loud – simpering wimps will shudder and fret. Just do it, even as you talk about working together and compromising and hugging and all that goo-goo baloney.
Will the Democrats all-out assault on the Second Amendment pay off for them in 2014? Or will the right manage to survive and counter-attack in the midst of what Jeffrey Lord dubs at the American Spectator, "The Conservative Anschluss Moment?"
As with the formation of Tea Party in 2009, if the GOP is going to grow a spine, it's going to need plenty of outside help. And as in 2009, perhaps it might just get it.